Articles in Honors

Institute Advancement Recognized by CASE for RPiDay

Single largest giving day makes history


CASE District II has awarded Rensselaer a Gold Accolade in the Social Media category for its work on RPi Day. Award recipients will be recognized at the District II Annual Conference February 1-3 in Washington, D.C. On Friday, March 14, a total of 819 donors, 797 of them Rensselaer alumni, made history by participating in… Read More

Call for Entries: 2015 Trustees’ Outstanding Teacher Award

Nominations due Feb. 24

Mark Mistur

In 1994, through the generosity of several members of the board of trustees and at the direction of the president, the Trustees’ Outstanding Teacher Award was established. This award, which is given annually, recognizes outstanding accomplishments in classroom instruction and consists of a $10,000 honorarium. The selection will be made based on evidence of sustained… Read More

Winners of Fall 2014 Change the World Challenge Student Innovation Competition Announced

Twice-yearly event created to inspire students to consider ways to improve the human condition


A mobile application and website for tracking local infections, a biomedical device for developing drugs targeting treatment in the brain, and a wearable data collection platform that attaches to your eyeglasses are among the 10 winning ideas from the 76 entries in the fall 2014 Change the World Challenge at Rensselaer. Established in 2005 by… Read More

EMPAC-Produced Albums Earn Top Marks

Rolling Stone lists Ben Frost’s as No. 1 avant-garde album

Ben Frost

Good news started rolling in over holiday break as music magazines, radio stations, blogs, and awards organizations selected a number of albums produced at the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) for their lists of 2014’s best. Ben Frost’s AURORA, Vicky Chow and Tristan Perich’s Surface Image, David Brynjar Franzson’s The… Read More

Professors Hendler, Gray, and Ji Receive 2014 IBM Faculty Awards

Competitive program recognizes quality of a faculty member’s research program with IBM and the importance of that research to industry


Three Rensselaer professors have been selected to receive prestigious 2014 Faculty Awards from IBM. IBM named Rensselaer professors James Hendler, Wayne Gray, and Heng Ji as recipients of the award. IBM said the competitive program recognizes the quality of a faculty member’s research program with IBM and the importance of that research to industry. “Rensselaer… Read More

Professors Berman, Garde, and Wang Selected as 2014 AAAS Fellows

Recognized for their “scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications”

Shekhar Garde

Three faculty members at Rensselaer have been named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world’s largest general scientific society and the publisher of Science and other scholarly journals. Rensselaer professors Francine Berman and Ge Wang and Dean of Engineering Shekhar Garde were among the 401 newly selected AAAS fellows… Read More

Research by Rensselaer Professors Highlighted by Defense Threat Reduction Agency

Work focused on the challenging problem of providing military decision-makers with better information to predict consequences of military operations


Research from Bolek Szymanski, the Claire and Roland Schmitt Distinguished Professor of Computer Science, and Gyorgy Korniss, professor in the Department of Physics, Applied Physics, and Astronomy, was highlighted as a success story by the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) of the U.S. Department of Defense. DTRA commended work by Szymanski and Korniss on the challenging… Read More

Yener Selected as Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

Cited for “contributions to network design optimization and security”

Bulent Yener

Bulent Yener has been named a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Yener is a professor of computer science and founding director of the Data Science Research Center. In elevating him to a fellow, the IEEE cited Yener for “contributions to network design optimization and security.” Yener researches along two tracks:… Read More

Heidi Newberg Shares Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics

Recognition is part of award to Supernova Cosmology Project


As a founding member of the Supernova Cosmology Project, Professor Heidi Newberg will share the 2015 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics with members of two competing teams that discovered Dark Energy. The 51 collaborators from the two teams will split the $3 million prize. The Supernova Cosmology Project was cited for “the most unexpected discovery… Read More

Bridge to the Bicentennial

Shirley Ann Jackson: 15 Years as President

President Jackson took office at Rensselaer on July 1, 1999. Over that time, The Rensselaer Plan and The Rensselaer Plan 2024 have been roadmaps for transforming Rensselaer into a world-class technological research university. On Dec. 12, the Rensselaer Board of Trustees is hosting a celebration marking President Jackson’s 15th anniversary as president. The celebration will… Read More